Garner-based Butterball announced today that its CEO and president, Keith Shoemaker, resigned on Monday.
The company didn't give a reason for Shoemaker's departure. No immediate replacement has been named.
In the interim, members of Butterball's board will assume the CEO responsibilities, the company said in a release.
Shoemaker's resignation comes seven months after Smithfield Foods agreed to sell its interest in Butterball.
Butterball is now a joint venture between Maxwell Farms and Seaboard Corp. of Kansas.
“Butterball thanks Mr. Shoemaker for his valuable service and for successfully guiding the company through last year’s change in ownership as well as his role in making the company what it is today,” said Walter Pelletier, president of Maxwell Farms and board member of Butterball, in the release.
Steven Bresky, president and CEO of Seaboard, said in the release that Shoemaker's departure wouldn't result in any major operational changes.
“During this transition we do not anticipate major changes in any areas of production or employment," he said. "It is business as usual.”